Known for his socially conscious theatre performances,Lokesh Jains latest offering is a powerful and provoking play called Khwabon Ke Bul-Bule,staged at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library auditorium on Monday.
The play depicted an uncanny setting nine dolls scampering on the stage,clay men rolling on the floor,psychedelic lights,and the dramatic beats of dhols as the only sounds in this non-verbal performance. The message,however,became clear when the feminine energy (played by Ragini Lalit) transformed clay into a living force. Ironically,the created beings took on the creator and ultimately destroyed the life-giving energy.
The play is based on a poem that Jain wrote in the dead of the night. I had been hounded by this idea for quite some time. And then,one day,at 2 am,the poem just wrote itself, says Jain,a prominent Delhi-based theatre artiste for 25 years. I wanted to make a play without a character or linear structure. Thats why the play is non-verbal,it shows how creation has always been an invincible force,which,to me,lies in feminine energy and man destroys it through greed, he adds. Pallavi Pundir